Farmer takes on top role to help rural community

Roger Douglas
Roger Douglas

A local farmer has been appointed chairman of the Lincolnshire branch of a national organisation for rural land, property and business owners.

Roger Douglas, from Croxby, has been a member of the Country Land and Business Association’s national agricultural and land use committee for two years - and now he will oversee the entire Lincolnshire branch of the organisation.

Roger - who has arable farms in Caistor, Brigg, Louth and Grimsby - is looking forward to his new role but said he has a lot of work ahead.

Responsibilities include getting affordable housing, supporting economic growth to create jobs and promoting local foods and services.

He will be lobbying for better broadband and working with local authorities on green energy initiatives.

And Roger plans to improve links with the police to help tackle rural crime.

He said: There are many demands on the countryside that have to be dealt with and they are coming from all directions.

“Nonetheles I am very much looking forward to the challenge ahead.”

Roger is also keen to make sure English farmers have a fair deal within the European community.

He said: “Crucially, we have to be able to operate on a level basis with the rest of Europe.

“It is probably the single most important aspect of our industry today.

“As the need for food and security of supply rises ever higher up the agenda it is imperative that British farmers are not hampered by rules and regulations and are encouraged to produce all the crops and livestock they can.”

Roger is a Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Lincolnshire and a former High Sheriff of the county.